Growing up on a plot gave Lilian Kokera her green fingers. “My parents raised chickens and pigs that they sold to the church and around the community,” she explains.

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Arthur Sithole, 32, shows that vision and an appetite for risk pays off.

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When asked what their advice to aspiring business owners is, many entrepreneurs agree that if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.

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Nkashi Mphahlele (28) has always known that he is an entrepreneur at heart. However, he wanted to impress his parents and studied for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Chemical Technology.

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Gerold Keffers is proof that hard work, persistence, and self-belief — values he lives by — pay off. He went from working as a security guard at a winery to a driver at a wine tank manufacturing company, Velo SPA, where he rose to the rank of chief technician.

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Growing up Mbudzeni Musie says that many nursery schools in Venda were run like a babysitting service instead of institutions for nurturing early childhood development.

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While working as an engineer at Eskom, Freddy Sibuyi had an epiphany. He wanted to provide for his family in a bigger and more meaningful way. This, he realised, was something that his job couldn’t do no matter how excellent he was at it.

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Biozest is a South African energy drink sold in South Africa. By all accounts, the product is successful. But this is not what drives Sibusiso Tshabalala to work relentlessly on turning Biozest into an international product.

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Born in the Champagne Valley of KwaZulu-Natal, 43-year-old Victor Shabalala is an award-winning artist, who specialises in ceramics and has been working at his craft for the past 16 years.

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Karunas Reddy has loved food for as long as she can remember. She loves experimenting with different ingredients and flavour profiles and revels in creating recipes.  It’s no wonder then that after 15 years of feeling stifled by her job in the banking industry, she found her muse in food.

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